Weather

Prequisites: None
Member Cost: $66 (Covers the cost of materials)
Non-Member Cost: $110

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Awareness of weather phenomena, how to read the weather map and the sky, and understand and anticipate weather developments for more pleasurable boating are the objectives of this course. Subjects studied include: characteristics and structure of the atmosphere, what weather is and its basic causes, normal development and movement of weather over the earth, and the factors considered in weather forecasting. Throughout the course the student is encouraged to make observations and predications in order to gain experience in applying the principles taught and develop greater insight into weather phenomena.

Table of Contents

1. Atmosphere

Composition & Structure
Temperature & Heat
Pressure
Moisture
Station Model

5. Systems and Fronts

Lows
Highs
Cold Fronts
Warm Fronts
Occluded Fronts

2. Dynamics

Atmospheric Equilibrium
Condensation & Precipitation
Clouds
Thunderstorms
Fog

6. Violent Weather

Tropical Cyclones
Tornadoes
Waterspouts
Microbursts

3. Winds

What is Wind?
Primary & Secondary Circulation
Other Systems

7. Related Topics

Wind Waves
Tsunamis
Weather Satellites
Optical Features
Climatology

4. Air Masses

Different air masses and how they affect the weather in the United States.

8. Forecasting

Weather Data
Analysis of Weather Maps
Prognostic Chart & Forecast
The Small-area Weather Map
Using Local Observations
Regional Weather
Folklore

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